By Anne Reed

Downers Grove, IL – On October 21, 2022, pro-lifers observed an ambulance in the parking lot of Access Health Center at about 12 p.m. The nurse who called 911 said the doctor was unable to complete an abortion on a woman because of “heavy bleeding.” 

When asked if the patient was in severe pain, the nurse stated:

“I would say, like, moderate to severe cramping, like menstrual cramping in the uterus.” 

But the computer-aided dispatch transcript revealed the patient was suffering from a “significant hemorrhage” and “lacerations.” It also noted a request for an interfacility transfer and “palliative care.” 

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “… an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems… .” 

Since palliative care typically refers to a long-term process of relieving pain for life-threatening illness, it is odd to see the term referenced on an emergency transport report. 

This abortion clinic has a history of minimizing serious emergencies, referring to severe pain associated with life-threatening complications as “cramping.”  Menstrual cramps are caused by the uterine muscle contracting, a normal and healthy part of a woman’s menstrual cycle – not by a dangerous, potentially fatal perforation of a woman’s internal organs. 

After the caller explained that the patient was in the operating room with the abortionist, a distressed woman could be heard crying. It is not known whether the disconcerting outburst came from the patient or perhaps a distraught family member or friend. 

911 records provided courtesy of Pro-Life Action

The caller requested that emergency personnel enter through the back door. After the ambulance arrived, a man, presumably a security guard or clinic escort, attempted to block the pro-lifer from obtaining video from his vehicle on the street, accusing him of “trespassing,” and threatening to call the police. 

“We hope and pray that this young woman and her child survived this horrific attempted abortion at this so-called health center,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, “We continue to pray for widespread repentance across our nation as we expose the growing number of life-threatening emergencies at these dangerous, blood-hungry abortion businesses in Illinois and other states where the murder of innocent babies remains legal.”